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Call to ban TV in kids' bedrooms

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Tim Barlass

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ALLOWING children to have a television in their bedroom almost triples the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, a conference on sedentary behaviour in Sydney will hear this week.

New US research that studied 380 children aged from five to 18 found two-thirds had a TV in their bedroom, despite recommendations against it by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A TV in the bedroom - and watching it for more than two hours a day - were associated with greater odds of increased waist circumference and elevated [artery blocking] triglyceride levels, despite exercise and limited sugary drinks.

The study, headed by Amanda Staiano, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, to be published in January, concluded: ''Parental education to reduce television could protect youth against the development of obesity and an adverse cardiometabolic profile.''

Dr Staiano will speak at the Be Active 2012 conference, at which more than 1000 research pape 500

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